NOTE: ON 4/10/14 WORDPRESS ATE THE PICTURES TO THIS POST. THEY’RE GONE FOREVER. I don’t know why we had so much trouble with this post, but whatever, it is what it is. I tried to restore an older version, but I was unsuccessful. I will leave the words, but delete the broken picture links. I apologize for any inconvenience.
Well now! For those of you who managed to witness The Eriz Era Ends – The Original – well, we’re trying again. For those of you who missed my
temper tantrum original post, WordPress ate it in its entirety. 86 pictures. Sigh. But it’s time to move on.
First, I want to extend my gratitude for all the kindness and support I received from you all while I nursed my best good dog Lucas through his illness. He’s doing very well, and we’re very fortunate to have this time with him.
Now, let’s get back to those zany Zales! That is why you stopped by, is it not?! Last time, Gustave died again and left us a daycare van. Liz and Frond were very attached to one another. Erik was amazing doctor extraordinaire, if not confusing cook. Let’s see what in store for us next!
Note: This is one of those filler chapters. The kids are all teens, so there’s not birthdays every other day. There’s no births, and it’s an ISBI, so there’s no boyfriends, part time jobs, etc. It’s fun to play, but it can be a little difficult to post. So hang in there with me, okay? Cool.
We begin with Liz glitching and disappearing.
She’s somewhere under that green plumbob. But a quick outfit change in Forrest’s awesome room (it used to be Cyrus and Changpus, there’s perks to being the first born!) and tada! She’s back!
Speaking of Forrest, his little square is in the red and he’s pouting, so I go to locate him.
Hmm, here he is, about to have a hotdog eating contest with none other than Brandy, who is now a fairy with pink wings. 😐 and Felicity Offspring.
Forrest opts NOT to participate in the contest and rages about how tired he is.
Go home, Forrest.
Back at home, Flora is awesome and adorable and does her homework!
At a desk!
Frond and Liz are starting to disturb me a little bit. I think they might be too close.
Because it’s normal to stand there in your underwear and watch your mother eat cake. 😐
Erik and Flora both still have the “learn to drive” wish locked in, so we work on completing that!
She does much better than Erik did when Daisy taught him. No sidewalk driving from Flora!
Upon completion of her driving test, the Zales FINALLY sell that old Wombago – it was BETTINA’S for heavens sake. That’s like driving around in your great grandma’s car. And we buy Flora something nice.
And nice it is! And pink too!
Here is my Bonehilda, putting away her last dish. I’ve decided that the Zales can do their own chores, and fix their own appliances. Bye Bonehilda!
I’ve also decided that if the Zales have less than $100k in the bank, they cannot afford daily maid service. Being an ISBI, with lots of Zales barely bringing in any money, and the fact that we just bought Flora an expensive car, we have nowhere NEAR $100k. I’m sure the dogs will really miss her though. She interacted with them – A LOT.
She’s been gone for mere hours, note it’s still a full moon, and the washing machine breaks.
Erik: *Grumble grumble* always around stupid sick people. *Grumble*
Well, you ARE a doctor, Mr. Delicate. You HAVE to be around sick people.
Now fix the washing machine.
Thank you Captain Grumpy.
He whined and whined and grumbled while mopping. See his pouty face? Poor princess.
Seeing that it’s a full moon, ghosts are out in spades!
Daisy and Erik create a thing of nightmares.
Then we spy Changpu!
(they still look SO much alike!) Through the walls like a boss.
Last but DEFINITELY not least, Abraham Zale!
After all of these ghosts, I decide there’s far too many deceased Zales on the lot, and I scoot them across the way to the pretty little fishing hole with the bridge.
It’s far prettier than anything I could have made, so I’m rather pleased with it. I like how Cyrus is the only one who’s spouses have puny tombstones.
I then captured a pretty bad photo of Duchess, but her lifebar has been full for ages.
She’s like a ticking death bomb. She could go at any minute! She’s 51 days old.
Dang it Liz! Stop breaking the dishwasher!
What exactly are you DOING to the dishwasher when you put your dishes away? Do you just open the door, throw in the china and then kick it shut? Because otherwise, I can’t see how you could be causing so much damage…
Erik, of course, goes in for the repair. Note his green scrubs! We’re ONE promotion away from his LTW!
*grumbles* I’m a neurosurgeon for heavens sake! Not some dishwasher repairman!
Cope princess. You’ll be okay.
Ugh, these two. It was just a “brighten day” action, which normally would’ve been cute, but the Zales NEVER interact with each other – except these guys.
Liz loves her male mini me. Frond’s going to have mommy issues, but hey.
The first ghost to haunt the new Zale resting place is Angelica!
The fact that she whips out a trashy romance novel reminds me to put down some ghostie playthings. I add a waterslide, trampoline, hopscotch board and a sprinkler. Have to give them something to do on this side of the netherworld.
Angelica instantly locates the waterslide!
Most excellent. 🙂
Here’s Liz doing something besides follow her son around, an brushes Duchess.
It’s nearly freezing out, and Flora is playing in the sprinklers…
She was out here for so long, and she was so cold, I seriously thought she was going to die (Erik and Liz weren’t around – you’ll see why in a moment) and that Forrest would have to be our TH.
Why weren’t Erik and Liz around? We got a free vacation notification and I accepted!
Have fun you guys!
I waited and waited, but we never got the option to throw a teen party, so things were nearly unbearably dull. But, here’s what happened:
Expecting more interesting things, I begin by checking in on all remaining household members.
Frond: Bathroom celebration!
Forrest: Bathroom celebration!
Flora’s thoughts of the fridge save her from freezing to death.
Duchess grabs a snack:
Duke has a sniff:
And Eddie just walks around.
Riveting, yes? Yes.
Out from under his mother’s thumb, Frond shows us a bit of personality!
*Runs off to the waterslide*
After a few slides, he plays in the sprinklers!
The water toys are very popular lately, I’m not exactly sure why, it’s early fall, and the air is very cold! But even the dogs are loving it!
I decided I didn’t like Flora’s look, so I gave her a makeover.
And her fish, Tanesha died.
Seeing how Erik isn’t around, she just had to float around in her bowl for days. Gross.
Frond gave Eddie a bath!
Cuz these teens REALLY know how to rock out while their parents are out of town. 😐
(seriously, it was so boring)
Flora and Forrest actually decided to communicate with one another, and maladjusted Frond didn’t know how to handle it. So he got in the middle. Literally.
Frond: I miss my mommy. 😦
Erik and Liz returned home, THANKFULLY! The teens were at school, but the second Forrest returned home, he got put in time out!
It was for setting a booby trap, which I never saw him do – this is noteworthy however, because it’s the first time ever, not just in the Zales, but EVER one of my Sims was put in time out. I’ve SEEN it in other peoples games, but not mine! Poor baby was sniffling and stuff. Aw.
Now that Erik is home, we can dispose of Tanesha’s rotting corpse.
Liz breaks the dishwasher. Again.
Don’t look at ME like that Liz! You’re the one who can’t seem to put a dish away without BREAKING things.
I send Erik to fix it, and documented it in case he died.
He doesn’t, and then I remembered that he acquired handy after graduating from University – so I’ll stop documenting every household repair.
Research time! We’ve got to reach that LTW!
Two in a row would be wonderful!
Liz pets now 56 day old Duchess.
Duchess or her son. The only two Zales she cares about.
Across the street at the fishy graveyard, Traci haunts!
And ISBI Spousal favorite Leif provides us with this lovely photo op:
Erik, after a quick slice of cold pizza and a broken wrist heads off to work.
No really. Look. Who holds pizza like this?
And is it just me? Or does he look a little – extra affectionate – towards that slice? You can almost hear him saying “mmmmmmmmm…”
“Not Dead” Duchess has a drink from the koi pond.
The anxiety of her not dying is starting to get to me. It’s GOING TO BE ANY MINUTE. I then also discovered that Duke’s lifebar is full. I have two dogs that could go at any second. This is not good.
And something DOES die…
GnomeJulia – Laserkatt has passed away. The other fellow gnomes sat around her tombstone for many days. It was pretty sweet.
Then Duchess plays with a ball nearly as big as her!
It was adorable and she did it for HOURS.
Flora and Forrest get home from school and immediately do their homework!
Then Eddie has his elder birthday alone, in the dark, in the garden.
All three dogs are elders.
No me gusta.
Meanwhile, I was getting pop ups about table tennis, so I thought I’d go see what was happening.
Why it’s Flora and Frond!
Cute! But every time Frond does something that doesn’t involve his mother, it’s cute.
While down in the basement checking out the table tennis, I spotted our jellybean bush. I’d forgotten all about, so Erik’s gonna eat one.
He turned blue. He does not like it.
Aw, flashback! Genius couple activity!
I mean, sure, Erik’s blue now, and Liz isn’t preggo, but still. Aw.
I then spotted a new dog gnome!
I name her Julia to replace the deceased gnome Julia. I wish it was a uni gnome, but oh well.
Liz managed to pee herself. Too long at the chess board I guess.
I get a pop up that it’s Forrest’s birthday, and that Flora’s is in only two days. Since this post is dragging out FOREVER, we’re going to have a double birthday.
Oop, make that a triple. Shelley is still a teen, we’re going to age her up too.
Man she’s cute.
Here’s elder Evan and Ellen!
I did not recognize Evan. At all. Thank you mouseover text.
Elaine is here, looking a little bit haggard.
Evie has also aged to elder, but I totally recognized her!
Triple synchronized birthday!
Shelley goes first!
I think I’m going to REALLY like her, but I’m worried. Last time we took a spouse from a teenage relationship, it was Traci, and we all know how much I loved her. But Leif and Bettina were high school sweethearts, and Leif is my favorite ISBI spouse to date! So we’ll see.
Flora goes next!
I’d keep her in that hair if it wasn’t the same hair used on Liz.
Flora rolls proper. Joining loves the heat, angler, loves to swim, and genius.
Forrest goes last!
He looks terrified!
But it turns out okay!
I did not give him a makeover, and I just kicked him out. Bye Forrest! See you at parties!
After Forrest had left, I heard someone still cheering, and lookie here!
It’s Daphne! She’s lost weight, and looks really happy! That’s the Daphne I knew from the beginning when I peaked at her in CAS. It’s nice to see her!
Here’s Flora’s make over!
But you might’ve seen it already.
And I made over Shelley too, and I was GOING to hold it for next post, as a surprise, but since I’m probably going to play and post AGAIN today, well, why not.
I don’t know all her traits because she hasn’t moved in yet, but I know she has family oriented and born saleswoman. I’m very happy with her.
And that’s all! This is the end of Erik’s rein of drama, and it’s Flora’s turn to impart her own personality on the Zale house. Erik only has the tiniest of performance left to earn his LTW, so I’m sure he’ll be fine on his own. We might actually have another success! That would make three to date. Abraham, Daisy and Erik. Flora’s LTW is creature-robot cross breeder. Not very exciting, but that’s okay. We have a nice garden started, so hopefully things will go well for Flora. Come back to see us soon!
Until then, Happy Simming!